We go to a large church... large as in 2,000 people attend weekend worship on a regular basis. It's massive and while I love everything that a big church offers it is easy to get lost in the crowd and it's much more difficult to meet people.
This year we joined a small group which is great for that. We have a small group of core people that we meet with a couple times a month. We read books, discuss, pray, eat dinner, etc. It's a lot of fun and I'm glad we finally (after only knowing a handful of people for the 5 years we've been attending) met some people that also go to the church. It really is crazy how much of a difference it makes... I feel like every time we attend worship we see people from our small group! I also feel like it has a domino effect in extending our network within the church. I know many more people now and joining the small group was a big part of that.
So today was our last gathering of 2014 and our Christmas Party. We decided as a group that we would "bless" our babysitter as a thank you for all she does throughout the year for the kids. She watches a boat load of kids each time we meet and I don't know how she hasn't gone crazy yet. Haha! She was there as we were potty training and there were accidents and she picks up after all the kids too. We normally all contribute to pay her but sometimes it's nice to recognize that she is valued. An envelope was passed around for her and we all made our own decisions based on feeling and ability what to bless her with.
We are just excited to be able to give her a little something extra and that is the small act of kindness from today. :)
For today the verses come from Hebrews 10:19-39... specifically "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together". This is really the reason a small group is so important.
Keep track of all 25 Days of Kindness through this summary post.